There are millions of people in America—and, indeed, probably around the world—who desire to become naturalized citizens of the United States. However, our readers in Florida who are familiar with our previous blog posts here and other materials on our website probably know that the process isn’t exactly an easy one. That is by design, of course, because there are certain requirements that must be met and steps that must be taken for anyone who wants to become a “naturalized” citizen. So, what are those steps?
One step at a time
First, as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website points out, applicants will want to make sure that they aren’t already US citizens—by either being born in America or American territories or by the citizenship of parents. If not, then applicants will need to determine if they meet the eligibility requirements to start the naturalization process—and those requirements are lengthy.
If you are eligible, there are a number of government forms to fill out and there is also an application fee. From there, a “biometrics appointment” will be needed so that your fingerprints, signature and a photo can be gathered. After that, you’ll have an “interview” where some basic questions will be asked.
Ultimately, a decision will be made on your application for naturalization. It may be granted or denied or it may be “continued” due to the need for additional information or documentation. If it is granted, you’ll receive notice to take the Oath of Allegiance—the crucial last step is actually taking the oath, since you will not be a U.S. citizen without doing so.